Kalsey Stults of Forum News Service wrote an article on: a green energy wind turbine boom in western North Dakota. Below is a summary of her article; Western North Dakota in the midst of a wind boom, Forum News Service, June 18, 2016.
During the past 10 years there have been more than 400 wind turbines placed on the Western side of North Dakota and there are an additional 550 proposed to be constructed by 2018. North Dakota’s Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved every wind farm in the state and there will be more wind farms to approve in the future because the states wind capacity is the best in the Country.
Recent Wind Project Proposals
This year there have been multiple wind projects proposed in a short time because companies are trying to make the deadline for the federal Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit, which will expire at the end of 2016. A typical wind farm in North Dakota can cost about $250 million and they are more economical when there is a federal tax subsidy.
A Florida- based company, NextEra Energy Resources, has 11 operational wind farms in North Dakota and has proposed three more projects for this year. The North Dakota Public Service Commission just approved an 87-turbine, 150 megawatt wind farm located in southern Stark County. The Hettinger County Commissioner approved a 72-turbine 150 megawatt wind farm that was presented to the North Dakota PSC on June 7, 2016. A 48-turbine 100 megawatt wind farm in Oliver and Morton counties was present to the PSC on June 1, 2016.
North Dakota’s transmission lines make it attractive for wind farm investors. These transmission lines have been in place and have been reinforced and enhanced in recent years to handle more wind turbines. There is 100-turbine wind farm being proposed near Rhame and another proposed wind farm for Williams County. While Orion Renewables Energy Group is proposing a 115-turbine 250 megawatt project for northern Williams County. While in northeast Williams County Enel Green Power North America just started construction on a 75-turbine wind farm.
Reference: Stults K. (2016, June, 18) Western North Dakota in the midst of a wind boom, Forum News Service, June 18, 2016. Forum News Service.